Governor Rick Scott Presents Orlando Fire Department Firefighter Jessie Salas with the “Medal of Heroism”

Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Firefighter Jessie Salas, of the Orlando Fire Department, with the “Medal of Heroism” for his heroic actions and service to families in Central Florida. On February 24, 2012, Firefighter Salas was standing near the back entrance of Firehouse One on Pine Street in Orlando when he witnessed a woman drive across the railroad tracks just as the crossing arms were lowering for an approaching train.

Noticing that the vehicle was blocked by both of the crossing arms, Firefighter Salas quickly assisted the driver to a safe location. Firefighter Salas then noticed a young boy still in the car stuck on the tracks. Without hesitation, Firefighter Salas raced back to the vehicle and pulled the child from the car – removing him from danger.

Firefighter Salas returned to the vehicle for the third time to move it off of the railroad tracks within seconds of the train passing – narrowly escaping a collision. Firefighter Salas’ heroic actions led to the safe return of both the mother and son, and prevented other individuals from getting hurt.

Governor Scott said, “Firefighter Salas placed his own life in jeopardy in order to protect fellow Floridians. I am honored to present him with the Medal of Heroism for his dedication and service to Central Florida families. Our communities are safer thanks to the sacrifice and dedication of first responders, like Firefighter Salas, and the entire Orlando Fire Department, and first responders across the state.”

City of Orlando Fire Department Chief John Miller said, “I thank Governor Scott and his cabinet for recognizing the State’s outstanding men and women of law enforcement and the fire service, who, everyday, put themselves in harm’s way in the line of duty. Jessie Salas has been an Orlando Firefighter for seven years and has proven himself to be an outstanding firefighter. Knowing him as I do, as his Fire Chief, I am not surprised that he risked his life to save this mother and her son. But I am proud to stand beside him as he is honored for his act of heroism, and to know he is a member of the Orlando Fire Department.”

Orlando Fire Department Firefighter Jessie Salas said, “I joined the Orlando Fire Department in 2007, knowing I was a joining an organization with extremely high standards and expectations. Our Fire Chief vigorously encourages and supports training for all types of incidents. When you have that kind of training and support, when something happens, it becomes second nature to respond. I am very humbled by this award and would like to thank Governor Scott for selecting me as a recipient.”


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